Various Artists / Paul Hillery - Folk Funk & Trippy Troubadours Vol 1
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For volume one in the series, Paul has compiled nineteen tracks that represent the journey he’s been on with the Folk Funk and Trippy Troubadours sound to date. There’s music here that has never seen the light of day, demo versions that never made the cut, new exclusive material and beloved classics from the FFTT vaults. The compilation is a sonic landscape of canyon rock, hot tub soul, Frisco folk, Balearic breeze and trippy troubadourial treasures, all lovingly handpicked for the series.
To whet people's appetites for this alluring funky, psychedelic collection, do listen to a first single in form of 'Sweet Sweet Stay A While' by American singer songwriter Jeb Loy Nichols above. Dubbed ‘The high priest of country cool’ by Rolling Stone Magazine, Nichols was raised on bluegrass and country in Missouri, lived in New York in the late 70s during the birth of hip hop and rap and shared a squat in the early '80s with The Slits' Ari Up, Adrian Sherwood and Neneh Cherry in post punk London. All meaning that his complete disregard for genre purity have been one of Nichols biggest influences, which is there in great abundance on the soulful 'Sweet Sweet Stay A While'.
More about dj and curator Paul Hillery
Paul has carried his record boxes to many a venue and played alongside The Polyphonic Spree, Arthur Lee and Love, Bonnie Dobson, Spiritualized, 4 Hero, Happy Mondays, Simian, The Bees, Julian Cope, Courtney Pine and many, many more. He has also graced the turntables at Spiritland, Refuge, Festival No.6, Lunar Festival, Edinburgh Festival and Psychemagik’s Magik Forest to name a few and has supplied guest mixes for radio stations in South America, the USA, Europe and all over the UK.
Over to Paul to talk more about the compilation here:
“So, what is this ‘Folk Funk & Trippy Troubadours’ thing anyway? Well, it’s tricky to put a finger on. Folk-funk had been around for a while, so I added ‘and Trippy Troubadours’ to give me a little wiggle room from the genre police. To me, the folk- funk groove sounds like it has one leg shorter than the other; let’s call it a funky limp. ‘Feel the Spirit’ by Heaven & Earth, ‘Taking So Long’ by Kathy Smith, ‘Mountain Song’ by Penny Nichols, and ‘Wooden Ships’ by Christine Harwood are all great places to start.”
Folk Funk and Trippy Troubadours is series of releases that both Paul and all at RE:WARM hope you will come to treasure and hold dear: a heartfelt compilation released with the full support of all featured artists. Tune in, turn on and drop the needle on four sides of the compilation and join us as we travel deep into a vast and wonderful musical universe...
A1. Duncan Pryce Kirk - 'Space Out'
A2. Eik - 'Mr Sadness'
A3. Joe Hall and Eyeball Wine Company - 'Movable Feast'
A4. Christian Besa Wright - 'Cherry Blossom Oak'
A5. Wendy Grose - 'Blue Sunny Sky Day'
A6. Ruth Finlay - 'Deep Calls To Deep' ^
B1. Will and James Ragar - 'Clouds Lift' §
B2. Scott Seskind - 'I Wonder'
B3. Tim McKenna - 'Where Are You?' ∞
B4. Jeb Loy Nichols - 'Sweet Sweet Stay Awhile'
B5. Gary Boyle - 'So Many Times Before'
C1. Peter Wale - 'One Quiet Sultry Sunday'
C2. Sorahan - 'With His Siller In His Hand'
C3. Cindi Titzer - 'All For You' ∞
D1. Smokey - 'Topaz'
D2. Geoff Bartley - 'Don’t Want To Know About Evil'
D3. Robin Woodland - 'One Golden Moment'
D4. Richard Pass - 'We’ll Find Love'
D5. Kip Carmen - 'That’s Enough For Me' §